STATEMENT OF INTENT
Through this Policy Middlesex Golf Ltd will;
- Lead the development of golf, within the County, in ways which welcome differences and are accepting of equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Follow all England Golf Policies and Guidelines in achieving excellent quality issues.
- Recognise the importance of affording equal opportunity and equal treatment and be committed to challenging discrimination in golf in Middlesex.
Middlesex Golf Ltd is dedicated to embedding the ethos of this policy within the culture and running of the organisation.
Middlesex Golf Ltd considers that everyone should play their part in making golf inclusive and aims to ensure that all people, irrespective of their background, ability or Protected Characteristics, have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in golf at all levels and in all roles.
Middlesex Golf Ltd will embed these values within all areas of its work Countywide and it is expected that all affiliated clubs, participants, contractors, players, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers who work on behalf of, represent or participate in Middlesex Golf Ltd events will adhere to the principles of this Policy.
Middlesex Golf Ltd in its relationships with its affiliated clubs, participants, contractors, players, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers and in the provision of its services, will not disadvantage any individual by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified.
In pursuance of this Policy, Middlesex Golf may take special measures or positive action in favour of any group which is currently under-represented through participation and club membership. Any positive action will be carried out in accordance with the law and not to the detriment of any other group.
Middlesex Golf Ltd is also committed to supporting the rights and interests of those who it employs and details of its commitment to equality matters relating to its staff are set out in the Middlesex Golf Staff Handbook.
Approved by: Middlesex Board of Directors April 2021
This policy will be reviewed every 3 years by the Board. The Policy may be amended by the Middlesex Golf Ltd Board at any time and at its sole discretion and such amendments shall be effective from the date stated.
The commitments of Middlesex Golf Ltd, outlined within this Policy are in line with the
- Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 provides protection from discrimination in relation to certain “Protected Characteristics”, namely:
- Sexual Orientation
- Religion or Belief
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Gender Reassignment
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
- Protection from Harassment Act 1997
- Employment Act 2002
- Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000
- Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002
- Human Rights Act 1998.
Discrimination can take many guises including verbal, physical, and online conduct. It may not always be obvious to the perpetrator or intended and therefore it is necessary for people to be aware of the different types of discrimination and the impact their actions have on others.
- Direct discrimination is where someone is treated less favourably than another person because of a Protected Characteristic. This could take the form of discrimination by association where direct discrimination is against someone because they are associated with another person who possesses a Protected Characteristic or discrimination by perception where direct discrimination is against someone because the other person thinks they possess a particular Protected Characteristic.
- Indirect Discrimination occurs where the effect of certain provisions, criteria or practices (“PCPs”) imposed by an organisation has an adverse impact disproportionately on a certain group and cannot be justified. Indirect discrimination generally occurs when a PCP, which is applied equally to everyone, can be met by a considerably smaller proportion of people from a particular group the PCP is to their disadvantage and it cannot be justified on other grounds.
- In relation to the Protected Characteristic of disability, unfavourable treatment which is because of something arising in consequence of someone’s disability (e.g., The inability to carry out certain tasks) is also unlawful unless it can be appropriately justified.
- Harassment includes sexual harassment and other unwanted conduct related to a Protected Characteristic which has the purpose or effect of violating someone’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the individual. In determining whether conduct can reasonably be considered as having such effect, the perception of the complainant will be taken into account. People can complain of behaviour they find offensive even if it is not directed at them.
- Victimisation is where someone is treated unfavourably because they are known, or suspected to have done, or intend to do, one of certain protected acts, such as bringing discrimination proceedings, making related allegations, or giving evidence in relation such things.
- We consider bullying to include behaviour that is offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or an abuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate, or injure and can include references or inferences relating to Protected Characteristics.
Middlesex Golf Ltd will;
- Be responsible for advocating equality in golf and will proactively encourage the involvement of all people regardless of background, ability, or any of the Protected Characteristics.
- Be responsible for the promotion of the Policy to affiliated clubs, participants, contractors, players, parents, coaches, officials, and volunteers.
- Produce, review and maintain an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan to ensure that the aims and intentions of the Policy are delivered throughout Middlesex Golf.
- Ensure all Tournaments and activities administered by Middlesex Golf Ltd are carried out in a fair and equitable way (except where specific situations and conditions prevent this – for example, Middlesex Golf Ltd reserves the right to limit competitions to a specific age, gender or disability groups where this is necessary to ensure equitable safe and equal competition).
- Monitor and review all Middlesex Golf Ltd policies and procedures to ensure they are promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.
- Ensure all material prepared, produced, and distributed by, or on behalf of Middlesex Golf Ltd promotes a clear image of diversity within the sport of golf.
- Increase collaboration with partners and other appropriate organisations, as detailed within the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan to ensure fair and consistent treatment for all those in golf and promote opportunities within the game.
- Monitor the diversity of its participants, players and volunteers, to best understand the diversity that exists within Middlesex Golf Ltd and the requirements and needs of individuals. Trends will be mapped over time, highlighting priority areas and progress. All monitoring undertaken by Middlesex Golf Ltd will be held in accordance with Middlesex Golf’s Data Protection Policy and the Data Protection Act 2018.
- Provide appropriate training and support to all contractors, officials and volunteers to raise awareness of both the collective and individual responsibilities.
- Be responsible for dealing with any allegations of breaches of this policy through the Middlesex Golf Disciplinary Regulations – see below.
- Publish the policy on the Middlesex Golf website.
Middlesex Golf Ltd takes seriously, all claims of inappropriate behaviour, bullying, harassment, victimisation and /or discrimination, whether direct or indirect by a contractor, player, parent, coach, official or volunteer who works on behalf of, represents or engages with Middlesex Golf Ltd and who displays any behaviour which is contrary to this Policy or its intent will be subjected to the Middlesex Golf Disciplinary and Appeals Regulations June 2020. This can be found under the Middlesex SafeGolf Accreditation document (section 21) on the Middlesex Golf Ltd website.
An individual may raise a complaint and no contractor, player, parent, coach, the official will be penalised for doing so unless it is without foundation and not made in good faith. Notice of complaints that fall under the scope of the Policy may be raised and addressed to :
Middlesex Golf Governance Dept,
Middlesex Golf Ltd C/O Sudbury Golf Club,